Andrew Richardson – British coach who He led Emma Raducano to the US Open title He revealed that he was sacked via a short phone call from Raducanu’s agent After two weeks.
The detail confirms that Richardson did not jump – as has often been said in the wake of her unprecedented victory. He was obviously pushed in an unemotional manner which is quite typical of tennis coaches.
In the fall of 2021, a number of vociferous social media accounts continued to claim that Richardson was more interested in coaching his talented son Rocco — now 14 — than in following the extraordinary scenes that unfolded in New York.
Insiders suggested at the time that this was not the case, and that Richardson had hoped to negotiate a new deal, but it was rejected. But with the man himself declining all requests for interviews, the point remained moot.
Now Richardson has finally put that theory to rest. “The fact of the matter is, I had a nine-week trial contract that Emma and I thought was a good idea to see how we could move forward.” he told the Daily Mail. “It lasted until the end of the US Open, and stopped immediately after that.
“There was a period of time after that when I was anxious to renegotiate the contract. I wanted to continue, and I had a plan I wanted to put in place for Emma. That thing about ‘I wanted to go and train my son’ isn’t right, but it seems to come up all the time. .”
“Maybe after 10 days to two weeks [since the US Open] I didn’t have a contract. We were in the process of renegotiating and then I got a short call from her agent telling me they were going in a different direction, and that was the end of it.”
A 6-foot-7 left fielder who made the World Players Top 150 in 1997, Richardson is remembered as a player with a big game and bags of great potential. However, his genius personality may not have satisfied the blunt nature of elite tennis.
Perhaps his personality is more suited to training, and he’s actually taken a closer role in his son Rocco’s recent development. Shortly after parting ways with Raducanu, Richardson accepted a job as head coach of David Ferrer Academy in Spain, where Rocco was among the pupils.
“There were a lot of family logistics to think about,” Richardson said of the period after his deal with Raducanu ended. “One of the sons was changing schools and I had to find a tennis case to work with Rocco and I needed to find a job. Putting it all together was very complicated, and there were still Covid restrictions around which made it even more difficult.
“Any parent who has a child who is serious about their tennis will recognize the fact that it can be a complicated business and that a lot of sacrifices have to be made.”
Meanwhile, Raducano has embarked on what has been a bumpy road since winning the US Open. Her winning percentage was less than 50 at the time, but the biggest problem was the lack of a match: just 51 in over a year and a half. She is currently recovering from wrist surgery (see below).
As for the coaches, There was a sense of instability last year. Turbine Peltz followed Richardson but left in April, and then a hiatus followed. Jane O’Donoghue – a childhood educator now with the Royal Bank of Canada – provided informal support at Wimbledon.
Dmitri Tursunov next arrived in late summer, only to leave with a parting shot about “red flags”. Raducanu hired Germany’s Sebastian Sachs at the end of last year, but he now faces a lengthy layoff after undergoing operations on both wrists and ankles this month.
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